Relivestyle is an independent dev server for the modern web.
The server watches the pages and related assets that make up your small project and instantly reloads any browser that accessed them whenever changes to the on-disk files are detected.
The project works correctly with workspaces and lerna based monorepos.
Meanwhile, the capabilities made available within modern broswsers make it possible to build modular applications without requiring on such tools. Relivestyle is a dev server with minimal dependencies and no configuration which enables reload-on-change style development for such applications.
This project aims to support this use-case.
The following is all you need to bring up the server on a directory:
npx relivestyle /path/to/static/folder
From that point the contents of the folder are served by the server and will be reflected in browsers that load the pages.
If you wish to start the server on a fixed port for the purposes of a
development setup, you can specify a
npx relivestyle --port 5000 /path/to/static/folder
this can be useful if stopping the server as the client in the browser will attempt to automatically reconnect
We believe that mandating the use of particular tools in order to assemble a fully functional application is unecessary with the advent of ES Modules.
The project provides the ability to quickly iterate on browser first software. Tools such as bundlers, transpilers etc are often necessary for fully formed porjects - particularly for optimised bundles - but present a barrier when wishing to experiment within the browser and have a tendency of becoming mandatory should the software work at all.
We believe that the use of any particular tools should be a progressive addition and that modern web projects can be fully fucntional and capable without them.
All this leads to some rather different choices and trade-offs being made:
Server-side asset tracking
In order support its use without modifying projects, the server records information about the static assets dynamically and uses this to
The server leverages the excellent AssetGraph project to track assets they are made use of. As clients loads pages we build out the graph-based representation of the what is being loaded and inform clients that they must reload when there was a relevant change.
Strictly avoid asset generation
The project seeks to solve a very narrow problem and thus we avoid any integration with build tools. Believing that tools should be orthoganal, we make no assumptions about the assets we serve and make sure that we enable you to easily evole your use of tools are your project grows.
This means by default we make it very easy to write modern web pages and applications using newer web standards like ES Modules with import/export syntax. If you later decide that you require transpilation for syntax that is not yet standardised or for use in older browsers, you can simply have the output written into the directory served out be Relivestyle and your workflow does not need to change. If the files change, we simply reload.
Relivestyle watches the pages and related assets that make up your small project and instantly reloads any browser that loaded them whenever any changes are detected. This is not a totally new idea, and if it sounds familiar then please let us make a huge nod to livestyle) that inspired this effort.
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